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Quilts are an interesting intersection of art and utility.  Nowadays, quilting is acknowledged as an art form, and many pieces are designed strictly to hang on walls.  Historically, quilts served double duty.  Women sewed quilts as a way to keep their families warm during the winter.  At the same time, they were an artistic outlet for women who likely had neither time nor money for painting, drawing, or writing.

The Quilt Museum is hosting a lecture this afternoon at 2 PM on “Kate’s Quilts.” Kate Thompson lived at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina during the Great Depression. Her home had no central heat, electricity, or running water. Kate’s quilts reflect the need to provide comfort for her family using whatever was available.

Kate’s great-granddaughter will share stories, photos, and samples of the construction of these quilts. She will also share a painting of Kate’s home, and a linsy-woolsy hand woven spread c 1920.

This talk should appeal to quilters and historians alike..